July 18, 2012 by Danny Olda
This summer, as most, has been relatively slow when it comes to art. If you listen closely, though, you the hum of behind the curtain preparations for the upcoming art season. I might be calling it early, but the action begins this weekend with two Tampa art parties.
My (quasi) expert suggestion: Grab some dinner at The Bricks then stop by the brand new Ybor City gallery, Box on 5th. It’d be proper for me to mention that I’ll have a painting hanging at the night. Does that influence my recommendation? Yes! Go see my painting! However, I’m hardly the only artist that will be featured that evening. The event will serve as a kind of sneak peek into the new galleries first season. The gallery will be presenting deservedly hyped Tampa artists, such as Justin Nelson, George Anderton, and Anthony Record among others. The Blue Bird Books Bus will also be making a stop at the new venue. Start your night here, check out what’s to come, say hi, have a drink, then head to the next party!
The quarterly art party at the TMoA returns this Friday. The party invites “culture crusaders” to celebrate the museums current design exhibit, A Hundred Years - A Hundred Chairs. There is far too much going on at the museum that night to describe in full here, so I’ll give you the abbreviated version: music, film, dance, drink, lounge, art, food. Several local artists, including Vincent Kral and Shanna Gillette, will be featured with chair themed work. In addition to all of the downstairs fun, the upstairs galleries will remain open for a stroll. I love and admire the Art After Dark series: it’s a real and concrete way to connect an internationally recognized exhibit with our community in a way that many museums fail to do. If you don’t go for the crazy fun, at least attend on principle!